Obsidian mirror - ROM2003_846_4


Obsidian mirror

Maker: Zapotec
Geography: Oaxaca, Mexico
Date: 500 BC - 900 AD
Period: Classic Period
25 x 2.5 cm
Object number: HM1076
Not on view
DescriptionThis rectangular slab of polished black obsidian served as a mirror used for divination.  Like in many other Mesoamerican cultures, the Zapotec believed that mirrors served as portals to other worlds that were inhabited by powerful being that influenced life on earth. 
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